Just when it was thought the mass transfer policy initiated by him aimed to clean up the system,Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshis latest decision to transfer 13 medical officers has drawn fire with medical experts and civic activists describing them as transfers for the sake of transfers.
The Pardeshi administration posted the transfer orders and the list of 13 officials on the PCMC website late on Friday evening. The orders were issued when the medical officers had already gone home. Not even top officials whom the commissioner is duty-bound to discuss matters pertaining to transfers were consulted. The administration did not even inform them of the transfers,it is learnt. The secrecy maintained by the civic administration in the matter has also baffled the rank and file of the civic medical fraternity,according to officials.
The medical officers were apparently transferred because they had been in one department for more than three years. However,senior officials said the medical officers were in one particular department because there was no alternative. To replace one officer with another,the new incumbent should have the necessary qualification. But since properly qualified people were not available,the medical officers had continued in one department, said a top official.
Pardeshis latest transfer orders have hit the YCM Hospital hard. Dr Sunil John,who is credited with playing a crucial role in smooth running of the the biggest civic hospital in the industrial town,has been transferred to Bhosari hospital,which hardly has any facilities. His transfer is being described as punishment posting for doing a good job. His immediate junior Dr Shaileja Bhauvasar,who was heading the dialysis unit,has been transferred too. This leaves the relatively new incumbents Superintendent M M Deshmukh and his deputy Prahlad Bhagat with the onerous task of looking after the hospital functioning,which has become a challenge of sorts.
Deshmukh and Bhagat,who have taken over barely three months ago,are still struggling to find their feet. Both need at least eight months to one year to fully understand the nitty-gritties of the 700-bed hospital. Dr John should have been kept in his position for at least a few more months so that Deshmukh and Bhagat could have got useful insights, said former corporator Babu Nair,who was closely associated with the hospitals functioning. When former superintendent Dr Anand Jagdale was made head of PCMC medical department,Dr John had single-handedly looked after YCMH, he added.
Pardeshi,however,justified his move,pointing out that he was implementing the laid-down policy on transfers. Once you are thrown into the water,it is not long before you learn to swim. I am sure both Deshmukh and Bhagat will soon pick up the threads…Dr John will help us in developing Bhosari hospital, he said.
In what is being described as a clean-up act in an administration where alleged favouritism and corrupt practices reigned supreme,PCMC chief Shrikar Pardeshi has so far transferred over 300 officials who had remained in one department for years. Though his action has drawn praise,officials said he needed to be cautious while initiating transfers. A few reasons cited by them are:
* One ailing sister whom he transferred to YCMH takes 10 minutes to walk 10 feet
* A top staffer brought in at YCMH is employing ward boys to wash her vehicle
* A sister who claims that she is seriously ill has been refused transfer
* CMOs,none of whom are permanent,look after the hospital in the evening